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The International Dermatology Society

The History and Evolution of the International Society of Dermatology

The International Society of Dermatology was founded by Drs. Aldo Castellani and Frederick Reiss in 1959.
The Society had a particular interest in global dermatology and tropical skin diseases but also had a broad interest in all aspects of dermatology as basic sciences, venereology, public health and in teaching dermatology in developing countries

In 1984 the Society's name was changed to The International Society of Dermatology, Tropical, Geographic and Ecologic in order to better reflect the Society's global interests in all aspects of dermatology. As the only international society of members, in 1999 the name was again changed to The International Society of Dermatology with members from seventy-eight countries throughout the world.

Nowadays the International Society of Dermatology has more than 3000 members, and it publishes monthly the International Journal of Dermatology, specifically designed to provide dermatologists around the world with a regular, up-to-date source of information on all aspects of the diagnosis and management of skin diseases. With a total circulation of 8500 subscriptions, the International Journal of Dermatology reaches 3,000 individual subscribers and 5500 libraries.  


2013-2017 Executive Board

ISD President

Evangeline Handog, MD

Assistant Secretary-General

Marcia Ramos-e-Silva, MD, PhD

Executive Vice President

Jean Bolognia, MD

Chair, Membership

Thomas Ruzicka, MD


Nellie Konnikov, MD


MGeorge Reizner, MD

Chair, Communications Committee

Dedee Murrell, MD, FAAD, FACD

Immediate Past Present - Ex-Officio

Francisco Kerdel, MD

2013-2017 Board of Directors

Vice Presidents

Luca Borradori, MD (Switzerland)
Paulo Rowilson Cunha, MD PhD (Brazil)
Lawrence Gibson, MD (USA)
Abdul-Ghani Kibbi, MD, FACP, FAAD (Lebanon)
Aldo Morrone, MD (Italy)
Keyvan Nouri, MD (USA)
Vinod K. Sharma, MD, FAMS, FIMSA, FIAD (India)
Gail Todd, BSc (Agric) MBChB, FFDerm (SA),  PhD (South Africa)
Shyam Verma, MBBS, DVD, FRCP (India)
Oliverio Welsh, MD, DrSc (Mexico)
Board of Directors

Kassahun Bilcha, MD (Ethiopia)
Luiz G M Castro, MD, PhD and MSc (Brazil)
Hong-Duo Chen, MD (China)
Pavel Chernyshov, MD, PhD, MSc (Ukraine)
Nejib Doss, MD (Tunisia)
Yahya Dowlati, MD, PhD (Iran)
Mercedes Florez-White, MD (USA)
Xinghua Gao, MD, PhD (China)
Sima Halevy, MD (Israel)
Martin Kassir, MD (USA)
Louise Kronborg Andersen, MD (Denmark)
Sujith Prasad Kumarasinghe, MBBS,MD,FAMS,FACD (Australia)
Koushik Lahiri, MBBS, DVD (CAL), FAAD, FIAD, FFAADV, MRCPS (Glasgow)
Margarita Larralde, MD, PhD (Argentina)

Mojakgomo Hendrick Motswaledi, MBChB, MMED(DERM), FCDERM(SA) (South Africa)
Jorge Ocampo Candiani, MD (Mexico)
Adebola Ogunbiyi, MBBS, FWACP, FMCP, Diploma in Dermatology (Nigeria)
Azer Rashid, MBBS,PhD,FRCP (Pakistan)
Rashmi Sarkar, MD, MNAMS, FAAD (India)
Robert Schwartz, MD (USA)
Rekha Sheth, MD (India)
Jacek Szepietowski, MD, PhD (Poland)
Alin Laurentiu Tatu, MD, PhD (Romania)
Kenneth Tomecki, MD (USA)
Antonella Tosti, MD (USA / Italy)

Immediate Past President
Francisco (Pancho) Kerdel, MD (USA)

Anthony Benedetto, DO, FACP (USA)


The Society organizes and promotes international congresses every four years where participants from all parts of the world can meet and engage in the free exchange of scientific and clinical knowledge.

After the First Congress, the Castellani-Reiss Medal and Award was established to be given at each Congress to an outstanding contributor to the field of tropical dermatology.

Since 1964 ICD number of participants and exhibitors has been increasing. During 2013, 4.800 participants attended ICD. For ICD 2017, to be held in Buenos Aires the society is expecting more than 6000 participants from all over the world.  A greater proportion of attendees from Latin America, especially Argentina and Brazil are expected.


First ICD World Congress | 1964 | Naples, Italy
Congress President Pietro Cerutti, M.D.

Second ICD World Congress | 1969 | Kyoto, Japan
Congress President Shin-ichi Matsumoto, M.D.

Third ICD World Congress | 1975 | Sao Paulo, Brazil
Congress President Sebastiao A.P. Sampaio, M.D.

Fourth ICD World Congress | 1979 | New Orleans, USA
Congress President Henry W. Jolly, Jr., M.D.

Fifth ICD World Congress | 1984 | Mexico City, Mexico
Congress President Ramon Ruiz-Maldonado, M.D.

Sixth ICD World Congress | 1989 | Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Congress President Ruben Azulay, M.D.

Seventh ICD World Congress | 1994 | New Delhi, India
Congress President Lalit Bhutani, M.D.

Eighth ICD World Congress | 1999 | Cairo, Egypt
Congress President Mohammed Amer, M.D.

Ninth ICD World Congress | 2004 | Beijing, China
Congress President Hong Duo-Chen, M.D.

Tenth ICD World Congress | 2009 | Prague, Czech Republic
Congress President Jana Hercogova, M.D.

Eleventh ICD World Congress | 2013 | New Delhi, India
Congress President Vinod Sharma, M.D.

Twelve ICD World Congress | 2017 | Buenos Aires, Arg
Congress President Ricardo Galimberti


Local Organizing Committee

President Ricardo Galimberti

Secretary General Gastón Galimberti

María Valeria Angles | Antonia Barquin | María Marta Bujan | Andrea Bettina Cervini | Paula Enz | Ramón Fernández Bussy | Daniel Galimberti | Roberto Glorio | Margarita Larralde | Viviana Parra | Luis Sevinsky
Scientific Program Committee

Chairman Jorge Ocampo Candiani, Mexico

Luna Azulay Abulafia, Brazil | Maria Barona, Colombia | Jean Bolognia, USA | Francisco Camacho, Spain | Ricardo Galimberti, Argentina | Gastón Galimberti, Argentina | Alberto Gianetti, Italy | Rod Hay, United Kingdom | Steve Katz, USA | Francisco Kerdel, USA | Omar Lupi, Brazil | Dedee Murrell, Australia | Ricardo Perez Alfonzo, Venezuela | Thomas Ruzicka, Germany | Rajeev Sharma, India


Official language
All sessions will be in English. However, simultaneous translation into Spanish will be provided at Plenary Sessions . Headphones and receivers for speakers and delegates will be handed over and collected at the entrance of the meeting room.

Registration Name Badge
Badges are color-coded as follows:

Certificate of Attendance
The Certificate of Attendance is available for online downloading directly from the Congress website at from April 27, 2017 by entering your badge registration number and last name.
Please keep your badge handy so that you can print your certificate.
The Certificate of Attendance can be downloaded for a period of six months using the registration number found on your badge. Please note that the Congress Secretariat will not mail certificates to participants after the event.

The Organizing Committee and Ana Juan Congresos cannot accept liability for injuries or losses of whatever nature incurred by participants and/or accompanying persons, nor for loss or damage to their luggage and/or personal belongings. Delegates participate in all tours and events at their own risk. Participants are advised to take out insurance against loss, accidents or damage that could incur during the Congress.

The sound and flashlights of mobile phones must be switched off during all sessions.

Smoking Policy
This is a non-smoking event. Smoking is not allowed in meeting rooms, exhibition, poster areas, hospitality rooms, registration area, restrooms, and halls. Please help keep the conference premises a non-smoking environment.

Banks /ATM (Automatic Teller Machines)
Banks open at 10:00 h and close at 15:00 h . Cash extractions and other transactions may be made at ATMs, 24 hours a day.
ATMs are located all around the city. You can withdraw either pesos or US dollars. They can also be used for cash advances on major credit cards such as MasterCard, VISA or Amex.

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants.

Currency exchange
The Argentinean currency is the peso ($). Currency can be exchanged at banks and bureaus of exchange, just by showing your passport.
Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 15:00 h, while exchange agencies operate from 10:00 to 16:00 h. When exchanging money, you are advised to use only an authorized exchange bureau, rather than informal traders.
ICBC Bank is located at the Ground Floor of the Sheraton Hotel

Electric power
Electric power in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 cycles, alternating current.

The ICD 2017 includes a commercial exhibition that is located in the first floor and will be open at the following times:
Wednesday April 19 09.00-18:00 h
Thursday April 20 09:00-18:00 h
Friday April 21 0900-18:00 h
Saturday April 22 09:00-13:00 h
Admittance to the technical exhibit hall is limited to registered participants.

Security & Safety
The safety of all congress attendees is of utmost importance to the Congress Committee and has taken international security standards precautions to ensure the maximum possible safety for all ICD 2017 participants. Please take all personal effects with you when leaving a session room.

Lost & Found
Found items should be returned to the Registration Desk. If you lose or find something, please report to this desk for assistance.

The cloakroom is located close the Retiro Room, 1st floor and open during congress hours. Please be sure to collect all personal belongings at the end of each day.

The cosmopolitan population of Buenos Aires is reflected in a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés within walking distance from the hotel zone, which are open until late at night. There are more than 3,500 eateries, from the most sophisticated traditional and ethnic restaurants, to bars, vegetarian restaurants, pubs and international fast-food chains.
In addition, Argentine wines are excellent and inexpensive, and their outstanding quality is recognized around the world.
Even if it is not mandatory to give a tip, it is customary to do so by calculating a percentage of 10% of the total amount of the bill. Dinner is served from 20:00 h to midnight

Security: cut your risks
A special Charge and Connect Area is available the exhibition area. Here you can also charge your mobile devices.
Buenos Aires is a safe city, but as in any other big city, precautions must be taken. Practice the same caution you would practice when visiting a major metropolitan destination in your country. Please follow these recommendations, and we are sure that your stay in Buenos Aires will be very pleasant.

• Move around with only a photocopy of your identification papers. Photocopies of valuables such as passport, tickets, driving license and travelers’ checks should be kept separately from the originals.

• Carry only the minimum amount of cash that you need for the day. Men should keep their wallets in their inside pockets. It is a good idea to keep small bills in trouser pockets, and not to take out the wallet more than necessary. Women carrying a purse should try to keep it next to their bodies. In case they carry shoulder bags, they must be sure not to let them hang loosely over their shoulder.


Buenos Aires - Host City

Buenos Aires is a city of 11 million inhabitants, the ninth-largest city in the world that represents the best of classical Europe and the most modern advantages of the beginning of the century.
This complex, energetic, and seductive port city, which stretches south-to-north along the Rio de la Plata, has been the gateway to Argentina for centuries. Porteños, as the multinational people of Buenos Aires are known, possess an elaborate and rich cultural identity.
This is a city characterized by the multiplicity of its artistic expressions, ranging from the great assortment of sculptures and monuments to streets and corners that surprise the visitor with their allegorical reliefs and murals.
The city’s museums, art galleries and theaters bear witness to its reputation as one of the most important cities in the Americas for its cultural and artistic activities. Although it is a modern city with imposing turn-of-the-century European-style buildings, it also has some well-preserved districts of typical colonial architecture. It has everything to turn your visit into unforgettable experiences. The well-known warmth of its people, its groovy tangos and the exciting Sunday soccer afternoons are marvellous. Buenos Aires is also a safe city. Lastly, its cosmopolitan atmosphere, unique in South America, will probably surprise you. In the last few years, the city has undergone a startling transformation in terms of urban planning, architecture, the economy and cultural life.

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Airport arrival and transfer
The “Ministro Pistarini” is the international airport, located at Ezeiza; it is 35 km (22 miles) southwest of downtown Buenos Aires. This airport is the main gate to Argentina, where all international flights arrive.
There are several options to get to your destination in Buenos Aires from the in­ternational Ezeiza Airport.

For a private car service you may contact the official agency:
Medieval E.V y T
Tel: +54 11 4783 8105 |

The most se­cure transfers at the airport:
Taxi Ezeiza | Reservations: (+54 11) 5480-0066 |

Manuel Tienda León Bus Company  .
Reservations: (+54 11) 4314 3636 / (+54 11) 4315 5115 | 0810 – 888 – 5366

Either Taxi Ezeiza and Manuel Tienda Leon can be paid by credit card.
Airport website:

The “Jorge Newbery Airport” is located on the city riverside, five minutes from downtown. From there you can fly to the provinces and some neighboring countries.
For further information check the airports website: www

Credit Cards
Major credit cards are accepted in most hotels, stores and restaurants.

Electric Current
The electric current in Argentina is 220 volts, 50 Cycles.

The climate of Buenos Aires is mild all year round. In the sunny days of spring, mornings are slightly cold; the temperature rises at midday and drops again at night. The average temperature in October in Buenos Aires is about 16º C (61º F).
If you plan to visit Patagonia, temperatures might drop below 0º C (32º F).

Sanitary Information
No special measures must be taken for travelling to Buenos Aires and to the main tourist destinations in Argentina. Check with your physician for appropriate advice if you plan on visiting other places in South America.
The public water supply is reliable.

Argentina’s country code is 54. Buenos Aires’ area code is 11.

Time differences
Buenos Aires’ time zone is 3 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time.

The official language of the country is Spanish, but English is spoken at most hotels, restaurants, shops and in the main tourist areas.

The cosmopolitan population of Buenos Aires is reflected in a variety of excellent restaurants and cafés, at a walking distance from the hotel zone, which are open until late at night. They offer a diversity of cuisine including vegetarian food and the best beef.
In addition, Argentine wines are excellent,  their outstanding quality is recognized around the world. Tipping is not included in the service charge and is usually 10%.
Dinner is served from 20.00 h to midnight.

Security: cut your risk
Buenos Aires is a safe city, although it is convenient to take some special precautions.
Practice the same caution you would practice when visiting major metropolitan destinations in your country, and we are sure that your stay in Buenos Aires will be very pleasant.